Waste-less New York City Marathon
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NY Road Runners

Waste-less New York City Marathon

    1. Petition by

      Trash Patch

With over 45,000 participants and 2.5 million spectators, the ING New York City Marathon is one of the most iconic and widely watched sporting events in the world. It is celebrated. It is revered. It also generates a massive amount of waste.

In 2010 the NY Department of Sanitation reported that it collected 114.29 tons of litter, 6.34 tons of paper and 2.98 tons of metal, glass and plastic after the Marathon. In 2011, race organizers distributed a total of 237,200 free disposable plastic water bottles, and 2,300,000 paper cups were handed out during the race. This is in addition to the thousands of plastic bags, disposable heat shields and other waste generated by the race. In all, the waste generated from free marathon disposables alone could fill seven Olympic-sized swimming pools.

We love the race and espouse its goals and message, yet we would love to see the race become more sustainable by reducing its waste. For inspiration, we need to look no further than a similar marathon held just north of Manhattan with the same race sponsor; the ING Hartford Marathon, which is carbon neutral and has earned the Gold certification from the Council for Responsible Sport. They have initiated many waste reduction steps that could be adopted in New York City.

We are petitioning both ING and the NY Road Runners to reduce the New York City Marathon’s waste in coming years. The NY Road Runner’ mission is "advancing the sport of running, enhancing health and fitness for all, and meeting our community’s needs" and we believe that keeping our environment in mind is essential to meeting those goals. For 2012, 2013, and beyond, let's create a more sustainable New York City Marathon!

The Waste-less NYC Marathon is supported by TrashPatch and the Plastic Pollution Coalition. Additional supporters include: SafePlanet, 5Gyres, Drifter's Project, and Roz Savage. If your organization would like to support the project and our marathoners by adding your name, logo and network to our cause, please leave a message below!



Recent signatures


    1. Reached 9,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Mark Lacari STATEN ISLAND, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      I SAY NO! It's clear as can be, we need the food, water and the resources should be used to fixing our city.

    • Barbara Cowman AUSTIN, TX
      • almost 2 years ago

      The reason is because this is just atrocious and arrogant and greedy and shame on you, NYRR and Bloomberg! Disgusting!

    • Michael Gardner NEW YORK, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      We can use the resources to help others. No one cares about the marathon right now, except for businesses making money off of it. Its been almost a week, I have no light, all my food is bad and my son and I are barely sleeping or eating. And lets not forget cold. At least the runners will have heat and food.

    • christina oh NEW YORK, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      because i live in new york city and i currently do not have power and water. My restaurant has no power. It's hard right now to get back on our feet. It's hard to get from my restaurant back to my temporary home because of the lack of transportation that is out here. It's hard everyone. And to think that there's going to be a marathon in this city this weekend? There are thousands of people that are in dire need. I'm nothing compared to those in Staten Island, or even the elderly that are trapped in their homes in my apartment building.

    • Brian Fitzgibbon CLEVELAND, OH
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am a New Yorker living in Cleveland. The race needs to be postponed!


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